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No printer or machine is capable of printing all the way to the edge of the paper line. This means that project must be printed on larger sheets and cut down to final desired size. That’s where bleed comes in.
Bleed is print that goes beyond the edge of the page where the sheet will be trimmed.
Standard bleed size is 1/8” or 0.125” on all sides of your project. This means that you are ordering a standard sized 8.5 x 11” poster, your submitted art should be 8.75 x 11.25”.
This allows for a more professional looking product and ensures that things are not cut off at improper places with your project. This ensures that the image will truly go all the way to the edge of the printed project and leave no white margin.
Most printers should be able to add bleed to your work, if needed, but if possible, try to add it yourself so the project comes out just like you want. A good printer should submit a proof to you for your approval prior to going to print so you can check bleed and other information is correct. Check out our post on how to choose a good printer if you have more questions.
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